Don't Be Absurd Productions presents SLUTS
an innovative piece of bilingual experiential theatre:
Two women. Hanged; jumped down a well. Two writers who condemned them. This time, they won’t stick to their stories.
Welcome to The School of Womanhood, a chance to learn from those who have died for their sexual transgressions.
A play. An investigation. An experience.
SLUTS is a participatory exploration of female sexuality, oppression and slut-shaming, centring on two women from two classical plays in German – Maria Magdalena and Faust – both punished for sexual transgressions. Casting the audience as pupils, a deviant Schoolmistress takes them on a bilingual interrogative journey from story to story, drawing parallels between past and present and creating a space in which difference – of culture, gender, sexuality – is permitted and non-hierarchical. Some German extracts, but accessible to English-speakers.
- Finalise/perform 60-min version
- Create a participatory theatre experience that challenges perceptions of the female body (past and present)
- Promote cultural exchange/multilingual art whilst remaining accessible to English-speakers (particularly vital as we approach Brexit)
The story so far
SLUTS was conceived by writer and director, Kesia Guillery, in Autumn 2017. Focusing thematically on slut-shaming and more general societal perceptions of female sexuality, whilst using German extracts to cross cultural and linguistic boundaries, in the current political context of metoo and Brexit, this play is timely and relevant.
We have completed a research and development phase, including a number of scratch performances, supported by ZU-UK and ZuluTango, and are delighted to have secured the commitment of many exciting artists and technical crew to the project.
This Autumn we have runs confirmed at DARE Festival @ Shoreditch Town Hall and one other exciting London festival (yet to be officially revealed!), and 1 showing at the Streatham Space Project.
Why we need your help
In short to take the play to the next level.
We need to raise funds to contribute towards production costs and wages.
With your help we aim to produce a full version of SLUTS and hope to be able to bring our artistic vision, and this timely discussion, to as many people as possible.
'I have been mentoring Kesia’s artistic development since September 2017, including the early development stages of SLUTS. She has already successfully begun conversations with established producing venues, and if SLUTS fulfils its potential, she stands set to convert these into long-lasting partnerships.’
Jorge Lopes Ramos, co-Artistic Director, ZU-UK
'The aesthetic choices are ambitious and surprising, and all the more exhilarating for it. There are important points being made on subjects the participants all feel strongly about, and a lot of fun to be had in the games played with the two languages, and the unusual imaginations of the artists involved.'
Sankha Guha, Award-winning broadcaster/producer/programme-maker, owner of ZuluTango (film production company)